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(en anglais) Next Steps for FASD Awareness

Dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of this disability and celebrating the successes of those with FASD, the month of September is full of events and activities for everyone. Creative ways to celebrate Despite the changes a global pandemic brings, people all across Canada banded together to celebrate FASD Awareness Month. From socially distanced awareness […]

(en anglais) Seven Myths about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Debunked

This September is FASD Awareness Month – a month devoted to raising awareness to improve prevention, diagnosis and support for individuals. What is FASD? FASD describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual exposed to alcohol before birth. These effects include a wide range of physical, intellectual and neurobehavioral deficits. Current studies suggest […]

(en anglais) FASD International Awareness Day

FASD Day, and the month of September, is devoted to raising awareness, and to challenge current misinformation and stigma surrounding FASD. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol prenatally.   Ways To Support FASD Awareness: Wear red shoes or a […]

(en anglais) Day 21 of 99 Days to FASDAY: FASD Language Guide

« I am very excited about the information I will be sharing over the next 6 days of the 99 Days to FASDay countdown. Day 21 – 26 will focus on the words we use when talking about FASD, people with FASD and women who use alcohol during pregnancy. I found these suggestions in a Language […]

(en anglais) NOFAS-UK announcing new projects and upcoming name change

Name change NOFAS-UK will be changing its name to the National Organisation for FASD. This reflects a national shift in thinking. FASD is finally being recognised by the Department of Health and NICE as a spectrum that has less to do with what a person’s face looks like and more to do with how alcohol […]

(en anglais) Aubrey Page: Military Life and as an FASD Caregiver

As a treatment-level foster parent in Ohio for 3 years, Aubrey noticed many of her kids had similar symptoms that were not trauma based. After one of her children was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), her eyes were opened to the prevalence of this disability. After a disappointing conversation with a local hospital […]

(en anglais) People living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder share their stories

Particpants at FASD conference in Sudbury talk about their daily challenges People living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are getting the chance to tell their stories. A conference wraps up in Sudbury Friday highlighting some of the life challenges people with FASD face . The event is hosted by several community groups, including Health Sciences […]

(en anglais) Hamilton disability protesters demand PCs back off on proposed changes to definition of disability

Two local ACORN chapters organized a rally and protest in support of disabled rights and demanded that the Doug Ford government keep rates up and back off proposed changes to the definition of disability for the purposes of disabled benefits eligibility They chanted on the sidewalk, in the parking lane and under the hoardings in […]

(en anglais) Wynne revives Kiwala’s fetal alcohol disorder bill

KINGSTON — A piece of legislation championed by former Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala is to get a second chance at Queen’s Park. Next month, former premier Kathleen Wynne is to table a private member’s bill that calls for amendments to the Early Childhood Educators Act and the Ontario College of Teachers Act […]

(en anglais) Our New Year’s Resolution: Addressing Stigma

Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, has just released a report summarizing the state of public healthcare in Canada. The 2019 report lists stigma as the major public health concern impacting the health and wellbeing of all Canadians. Stigma is a negative stereotype or a “labelling of differences” that begins to separate people into categories […]